America's Dreyfus: The Case Nixon Rigged

Author(s): BRADY, Joan
ISBN13/Barcode: 9780993153327
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Every American schoolchild knows of the crimes of Alger Hiss, a man whose very name rings with villainy. Communist, spy, perjurer – all of these accusations were bandied around in public and led to Hiss’s downfall. Outside the US, Alger Hiss is less well-known, but the man who caused Hiss’s downfall, Richard Nixon, became notorious because of his own crimes.

Now, prize-winning thriller-writer Joan Brady has written a powerful book which demolishes the evidence against Hiss and shows how Nixon manipulated the press and public by forging evidence and riding roughshod over Hiss’s rights.

Research for her book followed a long friendship with Hiss after his release from prison, and her curiosity turned to outrage when she discovered how he had been treated. But why would Nixon rig such a case?

Brady explains that Nixon needed to establish anti-communist credentials while standing as a right-wing candidate. Hiss was his scapegoat, just as Alfred Dreyfus in France in 1894 was convicted of espionage on a wave of anti-semitism. Dreyfus was eventually cleared of his crimes; Hiss never has been.

Brady draws strong parallels with today's war on terrorism, sometimes being used to silence or threaten critics of government policies in the US and the UK. Written in a vivid and personal style, America’s Dreyfus reads like one of Brady’s thrillers, although every word is true.

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Every American schoolchild knows of the crimes of Alger Hiss, a man whose very name rings with villainy. Communist, spy, perjurer – all of these accusations were bandied around in public and led to Hiss’s downfall. Outside the US, Alger Hiss is less well-known, but the man who caused Hiss’s downfall, Richard Nixon, became notorious because of his own crimes. Now, prize-winning thriller-writer Joan Brady has written a powerful book which demolishes the evidence against Hiss and shows how Nixon manipulated the press and public by forging evidence and riding roughshod over Hiss’s rights. Research for her book followed a long friendship with Hiss after his release from prison, and her curiosity turned to outrage when she discovered how he had been treated. But why would Nixon rig such a case? Brady explains that Nixon needed to establish anti-communist credentials while standing as a right-wing candidate. Hiss was his scapegoat, just as Alfred Dreyfus in France in 1894 was convicted of espionage on a wave of anti-semitism. Dreyfus was eventually cleared of his crimes; Hiss never has been. Brady draws strong parallels with today's war on terrorism, sometimes being used to silence or threaten critics of government policies in the US and the UK. Written in a vivid and personal style, America’s Dreyfus reads like one of Brady’s thrillers, although every word is true. “…now comes Joan Brady with a bracing reminder of what indeed was so hateful, so villainous about Nixon and his political ascent.” “…compelling for a younger audience unfamiliar with ‘the trial of the century’…” “…an absorbing read…” “…[Brady] is a very good judge of character, and the book is strongest in its analysis of the contrasting personalities of the patrician, Harvard-educated Hiss, and the striving, working-class Nixon…” - The Spectator review

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ISBN13/Barcode 9780993153327
ISBN10 0993153321
Author BRADY, Joan
Binding Hardback
Date Published 10 Sep 2015
Frequency No
Report Date N/A
Pages 387
Publisher Skyscraper Publications

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